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LOVE ABOVE ALL

Dana Bruxvoort, 24

A non-Christian friend once told me that I was one of the reasons she didn’t believe religion was the root of all evil.

“Why is that?” I asked her, completely surprised. I had never talked with her about faith because I was afraid she would be uninterested or brush me off as a “Jesus freak.”

“Because you preach love above all,” she said. She told me that even if she disagreed with my beliefs, she was impressed by the way I loved people.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:34–35 (NIV)

Her words made me realize that treating everyone with love and respect can be an important witness for my faith. My friend was less impressed by words about Christianity than she was by actions—how I treated people. We can do Christian things and say Christian words; but unless we treat people with the love of Christ, all our words and actions are useless. People will know we follow Jesus by the love we show.

 

REFLECT AND ACT: When it comes to being a Christian witness, are you more talk or action? Pray for the courage to practice “love above all.” Consider how your actions can be a witness to your faith. What can you do so that people recognize Christ’s love in you?

—from devozine (May/June 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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